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Worth having at least a couple of nights in Venice to get lost in the back streets. Also has a much nicer vibe when the day trippers have left. Thompson's used to fly to Verona from Newcastle iirc. There's some nice, inexpensive bars and restaurants away from St Mark's Square too.

I know two gentlemen from Verona.

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Got my Berlin trip in just over 2 weeks - had a look at Hertha's fixtures around that weekend on a whim and turns out they're playing Dortmund.

 

Tickets appear to be available so I'm more than a little tempted... to those that are going or have been, where would you recommend sitting? Don't want to be with the ultras, wouldn't mind a decent view, and will be with the missus.

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Got my Berlin trip in just over 2 weeks - had a look at Hertha's fixtures around that weekend on a whim and turns out they're playing Dortmund.

 

Tickets appear to be available so I'm more than a little tempted... to those that are going or have been, where would you recommend sitting? Don't want to be with the ultras, wouldn't mind a decent view, and will be with the missus.

That sounds mint. German football is mint, even their 'ultras' are friendly so I wouldn't go for seats too far away from them - that way you can soak up the atmosphere. Plus you can have a pint while you watch the game - different class basically.

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Got my Berlin trip in just over 2 weeks - had a look at Hertha's fixtures around that weekend on a whim and turns out they're playing Dortmund.

 

Tickets appear to be available so I'm more than a little tempted... to those that are going or have been, where would you recommend sitting? Don't want to be with the ultras, wouldn't mind a decent view, and will be with the missus.

 

Paging @@Jill!

 

Do go, anyway, wherever you end up sitting. Currywurst, beer and one of Europe's iconic stadiums. What's not to like?

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Got my Berlin trip in just over 2 weeks - had a look at Hertha's fixtures around that weekend on a whim and turns out they're playing Dortmund.

 

Tickets appear to be available so I'm more than a little tempted... to those that are going or have been, where would you recommend sitting? Don't want to be with the ultras, wouldn't mind a decent view, and will be with the missus.

 

Man up and get in with the ultras! That said, we're going this weekend for the Bayern Munich game and apparently we're in some neutral block.

 

Last time I went we were in block 36.1 and this was the view, with a spot on atmosphere too:

 

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They've got one of those 3D things on the website for checking the view from each area.

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Can't imagine the ultras at a Hertha match would be that intimidating.

 

I went in with the ultras whilst going to a Union Berlin match, which is a much smaller and more intimidating atmosphere. It was completely fine.

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Aye, with minimal exceptions "Ultras" in Germany just means folks who like a beer and some proper vocalising. So what we used to call a "fan", basically. You'll have seen far worse. :D

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yeah, i'd be getting among the if i were you. they're a far cry from the nutters in italy or turkey. german football atmospheres are brilliant, generally, and very friendly.

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Which are the neutral blocks, if you know?

Cheers

Just seen the tickets and we're in block 18 but the research I did suggested blocks K-O so fuck knows. :lol:

 

I'd say I've packed scarves, gloves and hats but that'd be very dishonest as so far I've packed naff all.

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Aye, with minimal exceptions "Ultras" in Germany just means folks who like a beer and some proper vocalising. So what we used to call a "fan", basically. You'll have seen far worse. :D

 

Wasn't worried about myself, just wasn't sure if Mrs Zanetti would prefer sitting in a quieter area. My first ever visit to Germany.

 

Appreciate all the advice.

 

As for the weather, sounds like there might be a bit of snow by the time I get there too. Should be class at the markets if so, as long as it's not stupid/sludgy amounts.

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Lad at work went for Sunderland's pre-season tour (last year iirc) and he absolutely loved the place and the people. Germany that is, rather than Berlin.

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If the tarmac at Tegel is anything to go by, winter has already hit Berlin. Bring hats.

 

Bloody hell you weren't wrong. :lol: That's a biting wind they have out there, isn't it? The match was the coldest I've ever been in my life. Genuinely wondered if I'd ever get the feeling back in my fingers.

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First time I've been on since getting back

 

First day got to Berlin and had to many beers and fell asleep when we went back to the hotel in Berlin City Centre, went back out for a walkbut couldn't find anything open and it was a completely dead everywhere (it was a tuesday night, don't think we looked hard enough, Berlin is bloody massive)

 

2nd day we got up sharpish and went on a pub crawl whilst using the metro a fair bit, ended up going walking round the government buildings and then found a ramones museum which was brilliant, found an Irish bar then found out Bombay Bicycle Club were playing that night so went up there and paid on the door only to get in there and they were half way through the set. I ended up staying out on my own that night till about 3am as the rest shyed off back to the hotel knowing we had an early train to Hannover. Trying to find my hotel for 90 minutes just walking round the big spike TV tower was a bit of a struggle when pissed.

 

Woke up half an hour after the train had left for Hannover (none of us had set alarms, I hadn't charged my phone) so had to pay another 60 euros each with the hangover from hell. Got to Hannover checked in hotel and got on the train to Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg there was fuck all there apart from the Volkswagen plant, the football stadium, a christmas market and about 4 irish bars/restaurants full of blues, but really nice people/police were on top form. Went the match where it was about -3 coldest I've ever been at the match, watched Everton win in Europe then back to Hannover after a couple of pints. Walked round for a bit but couldn't find anything in Hannover so went back to the hotel for a few pints then to bed.

 

Knackered by the last few days we had a lie in on the last day and then got out for something to eat and a few pints but then we found this sort of indoor market with stalls round the outside then the middle was full of little bars with seating, quite surreal really but it was really brilliant and very cheap too, ended up going up to Hannover 96's ground via the river It was fucking freezing then back to the market for hours drinking wheat beer and eating currywurst. Then we went for a walk through the town centre by the shops and found the 'Jack the ripper London tavern' I was lured in because it had a Newcastle Brown Ale sign. It was the best bar we went in all week, sold newcastle brown on tap and had over 50 whiskeys/bourbons and it was very cheap aswell. It was like a cave you had to go downstairs to get in, ended up with a load of evertonians and rangers fans in there all night and nearly missed our flight the next morning.

 

Was a brilliant trip and can't wait to go back Hannover just as much as Berlin.

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Off to Peru to do some voluntary stuff in 2016. Something to look forward to anyway - it's been a while since I had a proper travel adventure.

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Canny about Peru, even cannier about Hannover actually not being a dump. I might check it out properly some time. :good:

 

Off to Gran Canaria early morning. Haven't started packing yet. #hardcore

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Off to Peru to do some voluntary stuff in 2016. Something to look forward to anyway - it's been a while since I had a proper travel adventure.

Jealous!

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